From Meryl to Mahershala: How Social Media Reacted to Award Season's Political Speeches

7:00 AM 2/21/2017

by Natalie Jarvey

Twitter analysis of acceptance speeches at the Golden Globes, Emmys, Grammys and SAG Awards indicates that the anti-Trump sentiment went over well with television audiences.

Mahershala Ali, Jennifer Lopez and Meryl Streep
Mahershala Ali, Jennifer Lopez and Meryl Streep
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  • Emmys - Sept. 18, 2016

    With Trump holding his own in the polls, Hollywood voiced its disapproval.

    Ansari (left) and Alan Yang accepted a comedy writing Emmy.
    Ansari (left) and Alan Yang accepted a comedy writing Emmy.
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    Jimmy Kimmel, Host

    "Many have asked who is to blame for … the Donald Trump phenomenon. And I'll tell you who because he's sitting right there. That's right, that guy: Mark Burnett, the man who brought us Celebrity Apprentice. Thanks to Mark Burnett, we don't have to watch reality shows anymore because we're living them."

    How Twitter reacted - Love: 39.2% Hate: 2.7% Crazy: 4%

    Jill Soloway, Best director of a comedy series

    "Topple the patriarchy! Topple the patriarchy!"

    How Twitter reacted - Love: 56.7% Hate: 1.7% Crazy: 2.4%

    Mark Burnett, Best reality competition series

    "By the way, tomorrow night [The Voice is] back with Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys, your next Supreme Court justices."

    How Twitter reacted - Love: 66.8% Hate: 1.5% Crazy: 1.3%

    Aziz Ansari, Writing in a comedy series

    "I've decided I'm going with Trump, which is also why I'm recommending we get rid of all Muslim and Hispanic nominees from the ceremony immediately. … America Ferrera, nice try changing your name to 'America.' You're not fooling anybody — you're out."

    How Twitter reacted - Love: 33.5% Hate: 1% Crazy:  2%

  • Golden Globes - Jan. 8, 2017

    Trump’s divisive rhetoric and the dearth of A-list talent slated to perform at his Jan. 20 inauguration were hot topics at the ceremony.

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    Jimmy Fallon, Host

    "The character [Florence Foster Jenkins] has been dubbed the world's worst opera singer, and even she turned down performing at Donald Trump's inauguration."

    How Twitter reacted - Love: 42.4% Hate: 6.1% Crazy: 3.2%

    Hugh Laurie, Best supporting actor in a series, miniseries or motion picture for TV

    "It'll be made more amazing by the fact that I'll be able to say I won this at the last-ever Golden Globes. I don't mean to be gloomy; it's just that it has the words 'Hollywood,' 'foreign' and 'press' in the title. ... I accept this award on behalf of psychopathic billionaires everywhere."

    How Twitter reacted - Love: 44.6% Hate: 1.3%  Crazy: 4.7%

    Meryl Streep, Cecil B. DeMille Award winner

    "But there was one performance this year that stunned me. ... When the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter — someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back. It kind of broke my heart when I saw it, and I still can't get it out of my head because it wasn't in a movie."

    How Twitter reacted - Love: 43.5% Hate: 5.4%  Crazy: 16%

  • SAG Awards - Jan. 29, 2017

    Trump's Muslim ban had gone into effect the previous day, leading to international outrage and protest, reflected in a number of remarks at the ceremony.

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    Ashton Kutcher, Host

    "To everyone in airports that belong in my America, you are a part of the fabric of who we are, and we welcome you."

    How Twitter reacted - Love: 46.6% Hate: 2.8% Crazy: 4.8%

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Best female actor in a comedy

    "I am the daughter of an immigrant. My father fled religious persecution in Nazi-occupied France, and I am an American patriot. Because I love this country, I am horrified by its blemishes. This immigrant ban is un-American."

    How Twitter reacted: Love: 34% Hate: 1.7% Crazy: 1%

    Mahershala Ali, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role  

    "My mother is an ordained minister. I'm a Muslim. She didn't do backflips when I called to tell her I converted 17 years ago. But I tell you now: We put things to the side. I'm able to see her, and she's able to see me. ... The love has grown."

    How Twitter reacted - Love: 30% Hate: 1% Crazy: 1%

  • Grammys - Feb. 12, 2017

    Perhaps emboldened by a federal appeals court’s Feb. 9 refusal to reinstate the Muslim ban, music’s A-list spoke out against Trump.

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    James Corden, Host

    "Live it all up because this is the best, and with President Trump, we don't know what comes next. We sit here tonight, no matter our race or where we were born or color of face, using this art. Remember forever we can survive by sticking together."

    How Twitter reacted - Love: 56.9% Hate: 1.7% Crazy: 3.8%

    Jennifer Lopez, Presenter 

    "As Toni Morrison said, 'This is precisely the moment when artists go to work. … No need for silence; no room for fear.' "

    How Twitter reacted - Love: 50.2% Hate: 1.4% Crazy: 3.7%

    Katy Perry, Performer

    "No hate!"

    How Twitter reacted - Love: 47.7% Hate: 4% Crazy: 5.5%

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